§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if his Department will take steps to ensure that there is no shortage of human tissues needed for medical research; and if, in particular, new efforts could be made to ensure adequate material for the MRC Neuro-Chemical Pharmacology Unit at Cambridge.
§ Mr. Moyle
My Department is producing a health notice which will remind health authorities that human tissue may be used for therapeutic purposes and for purposes of medical education and research subject to the provisions of the Human Tissue Act 1961. The notice will stress the importance of maintaining supplies of the necessary material. I understand that the MRC Neuro-Chemical Pharmacology Unit at Cambridge receives adequate supplies of tissue for its research work—e.g., into the causes of schizophrenia and Huntington's Chorea.